Additional information from the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) was received in December 2009, after Public Information Meeting #3. To read more about this information please visit the Project Update page. The additional environmental data influences the locations of corridors in the Centralia-Sandoval area, Vernon, and Vandalia. Revised recommended alignments were presented at Public Meeting #4.
The Illinois Department of Transportation held Public Information Meetings for the US 51 Environmental Impact Statement to accept comments on the project study to date. The meetings were held in Centralia, Vandalia, and Ramsey on November 17, 18, & 19, 2009, respectively. The limits of the study are the Shelby/Christian County line to the U.S. 51/IL 177 interchange (east of Irvington).
The purpose of the meetings was to review the project study to date and to present the recommended alternatives for further study around the communities of Ramsey, Vandalia, Vernon, Patoka, Sandoval, the Centralia, and along US 51 between these locations. There was a formal presentation at all three locations followed by an open-house where questions were answered by representatives of the project team.